Tomorrow is “World Hand Washing Day”, a reminder of the importance of water in the world. The day is dedicated to advocating to increase awareness and understanding on the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives. According to Simon Thomas, international consultant and member of the board of Megapipes Solutions Limited, this year’s motto “Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Go Forward Together”, requires coordinated action, as the world actively works towards universal hand hygiene, as a fundamental component of health and safety. spread of disease, sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing the slowest pace of progress in the world. Only 54 percent of people have safe drinking water, and people living in rural areas, urban slums, disaster-prone areas and low-income countries are the most vulnerable and the most affected.” This past year has highlighted the need for action in sub-Saharan Africa to address the historic neglect of investing in hand hygiene policies and programs, which attract their support of access to constant clean water,” writes Simon Thomas. water security and the delivery of clean water to vulnerable areas. Investments must be made not only in new infrastructure, but also in the maintenance and operations of existing assets, in order to improve efficiency and reduce water losses. The collection, treatment and supply of water needs to be modernized and replaced by efficient and sustainable technologies. Source:O País

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